Ezekiel Elliott Withdrawing All Appeals & Will Serve 6-Game Suspension

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Ezekiel Elliott Withdrawing All Appeals & Will Serve 6-Game Suspension

The suspension came after the National Football League investigated his alleged use of force in the summer of 2016 against his girlfriend.

Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has chose to drop any remaining appeals and to serve his full six-game suspension.

This signals that Elliott will let the entire process play out and will be slated to make a return in Week 16 on Christmas Eve against the Seattle Seahawks. The writing was on the wall when Elliott's emergency injunction request by the NFLPA on his behalf was denied by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week.

Elliott served the first game of his suspension last week, when the Cowboys lost to the Atlanta Falcons.

It's also true that Elliott's quest for 1,000 depends on how his team plays during his absence.

Legally, Elliott was never charged by the Columbus, Ohio, authorities, but the National Football League put the label on him through its personal conduct policy with a 13-month investigation in which their lead investigator did not believe Elliott should be disciplined.

"The decision arises from a practical assessment of the current legal landscape", read a statement from Elliott's attorneys sent to Rapoport.

Elliott has already served one game of the suspension.

Elliott's withdrawal of his appeal ends a sage that began July 2016, when his then-girlfriend Tiffany Thompson accused the player of five instances of domestic violence during a six-day period in Columbus, Ohio (Elliott attended college at Ohio State University).

In the statement Elliott's agents made it clear he wasn't admitting to any wrongdoing. It was about Roger Goodell's power as commissioner to impose discipline.

While "next man up", is a terrific philosophy, it is up to the Cowboys coaches to do more than just run the same stuff without Elliott and Tyron Smith on offense.

The 22-year-old has rushed for 783 yards with seven touchdowns over eight games in his sophmore year in the NFL. While catching the Eagles in the NFC East is virtually impossible, they're still fighting for a playoff spot we are quickly entering the month of December, so it goes without saying that losing probably your best skill position player at this time of the year is somewhat of a backbreaker.

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